World Bank slashes GDP forecast to 4.7%

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World Bank Slashes GDP Forecast To 4.7%. Close on the heels of the IMF, the World Bank on Wednesday slashed India’s economic growth forecast for the current financial year to 4.7 per cent from an earlier projection of 6.1 per cent.

New Delhi: Close on the heels of the IMF, the World Bank on Wednesday slashed India’s economic growth forecast for the current financial year to 4.7 per cent from an earlier projection of 6.1 per cent.

“The report (India development update) expects real GDP to expand by 4.7 per cent (at factor cost) this fiscal year before accelerating to 6.2 per cent in FY2015,” said Martin Rama, the World Bank’s chief economist for South Asia. In April, the World Bank had projected India's GDP would grow at 6.1 per cent in the current financial year and at 6.7 per cent the following year.

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its World Economic Outlook, projected an average growth rate of about 3.75 per cent in market prices for India in 2013-14, which is expected to pick up to 5.1 per cent next year. India’s GDP growth slowed to 5 per cent in the year ended March from an average of 8 per cent over the past decade.

The World Bank said the pace of economic activity in 2013-14 will be hampered by a weak outturn during the first quarter.

In addition, two consecutive months (July-August) of negative business sentiment and higher interest rates may curb the potential for recovery in the second quarter of 2013-14 even after manufacturing output rebounded in July.

“Although output gro-wth in the first quarter fell to 4.4 per cent, growth is expected to rebound strongly in the second half of 2013-2014,” Rama added.

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